Component Liberation: Wind Turbines Keep Throwing 8-20 Tonne Blades In All Directions

Like playing Where’s Waldow, wind turbines keep losing blades and their owners apparently have trouble finding them again. Which seems strange, given that these suckers are 45-70m long and weigh between 8 and 20 tonnes. The trade euphemism for blades flying in all directions is “component liberation”, as if that abuse of the English language […]

Fire & Fury: Giant Industrial Wind Turbines A Clear & Present Danger to Life & Limb

Giant industrial wind turbines routinely shed their blades, collapse and/or burst into terrifying fireballs. Contrary to their ‘super-safe’, ‘clean’, ‘green’ image, giant industrial wind turbines are the perfect incendiary device. Around the world, hundreds have exploded into in palls of smoke and balls of flame – in the process – each one raining molten metal […]

Environmental Disaster: Wind Turbines Continually Catch Fire, Throw Blades & Collapse

California’s wind power proponents promised a clean, green future – instead, they’ve delivered a wholesale environmental disaster. In the desert surrounding Ocotillo, locals have been putting up with wind turbines self-immolating, throwing their blades in all directions, leaking and spraying oil and collapsing to the desert floor, for years now (see our post here). Here’s […]

More Wind Turbine Self-Incinerations & 10 Tonne Blade Throws

For something that the wind industry keeps telling us is as rare as hen’s teeth, the unshackling of 10 tonne blades (euphemistically called ‘component liberation’), the total collapse of 200-300 tonne turbines and the spontaneous combustion of turbine generators (and the 1,000 litres of highly toxic gear and hydraulic oil that slosh around inside the […]

Wind Farm Mass Attack: Wind Turbines Collapsing & Combusting Around the World

*** The number of cases involving turbines collapsing, self immolating or throwing their blades to the four winds (aka “component liberation”) has become so common that, if we were a tad cynical, we would go so far to suggest the possibility of some kind of pattern, along the lines proffered by Mr Bond’s nemesis, Goldfinger: […]

Fry-day Funnies: Wind Turbines ‘Explode’ onto the World Energy Stage

Only the Germans could come up with a single word to capture the churlish sentiment of feeling a sense of malicious glee at another’s downfall. It’s a sentiment pouring from this recent Tweet from STT Champion, James Delingpole. True. There is no sight on earth more beautiful than a wind turbine going down in flames. […]

Wind Power Investors Fleeced: Teenage Turbines Falling Apart in Donegal

**** Wind power outfits still make wild claims about these things running on the smell of an oily rag and lasting for 25 years or more, needing little more than a hug from time to time. However, the operations and maintenance cost of these things is around $25 per MWh – hardly the zero marginal […]

‘Wrap-Up’ on Reign of Wind Farm Terror: Blades Buckle and Turbines Tumble in Michigan

Is there anything that can be said for a medieval power source that was abandoned Centuries ago for pretty obvious reasons? Pointless it most certainly is. But, along with that lack of justification on any level, comes a form of danger never seen before at any time in history: 10 tonne blades (with their outer […]

Wind Turbine Terror: Spanish Home Hit by Flying Blade – Just 1 of 3,800 Blade ‘Fails’ Every Year

**** The number of cases involving collapsing turbines and flying blades (aka “component liberation”) has become so common that, if we were a tad cynical, we would go so far to suggest the possibility of some kind of pattern, along the lines proffered by Mr Bond’s nemesis, Goldfinger: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three […]

Deadly Aircraft/Turbine Disaster at Highland Wind Farms ‘Just a matter of time’

**** A couple of weeks back, we looked at a report on how the RAF’s best of the best have been involved in dozens of near misses with these things in the UK, unnecessarily risking their lives every time they hit the skies: RAF’s Top Guns Call Wind Farms a ‘Disaster in the Making’ for […]